We think that there is no better time to talk about our best clotheslines for sale, we made this ultimate guide to help you make the right purchase and jumpstart your laundry duties early this year in hopes of making your life just a wee bit easier.
We have tons of washing lines for sale that will fit just about every nook and cranny inside or outside of your home, there is no such thing as a wrong clothesline because it all just boils down to choosing the one that can meet your demands and to ensure that its designed to perfectly work in the environment it will be installed in.
Not to be biased against the other manufacturers in our regiment but according to our customers and from our very own experience, the locally made clotheslines for sale generally have better build quality than other Australian brands that are manufactured overseas.
Some brands of clotheslines on sale on our website are made in United Kingdom which have great build quality as well, most are Australian designed but made in China although even those can compete in terms of quality depending on the brand.
Don’t worry, we will mention which ones are made locally and which aren’t as we breeze through this article.
Here at Lifestyle Clotheslines, we offer six main categories of outside clotheslines:
As you may have noticed, we have quite a handful of formats when it comes to washing lines for sale and we have listed the advantage of each design below for you to determine which ones will work for your home, we also took the liberty of adding a few recommendations that are highly rated for each category so as to narrow-down the choices and keep confusion at bay.
Ceiling Mounted Airer
Since ceiling mounted clotheslines do not occupy any useful space on the ground, this makes it a really good alternative if you have a small yard that is better off used as precious living area instead of dedicating a portion of the already compact space for drying your clothes alone.
We have quite a handful of clotheslines for sale under this category but to start it off, we have the Stacker Gismo.
This washing line’s main frame is made of cast iron and is available in multiple finishes such as Ivory, White, Black, and Lacquer which should suit most home exteriors. Lath lengths are available from 900 millimetres to 2.4 meters.
As the name suggests, the Stacker Gismo can be configured to have a stack of five or seven laths giving you the ability to dry more articles in a relatively small area which is a boon for homes with limited space.
It can be repurposed as a stylish shelf too, it can hold up to 45kgs ofweight thanks to the cast iron double pulleys and sturdy design.
One of our most popular washing lines for sale is the Six Lath Supreme Ceiling Airer which has six timber laths, the laths are available in various lengths which starts at 900 millimetres to 2.4 meters, the latter should be adequate for three people and multiple units can be installed for more demanding households.
The next model we have is the Foxydry Mini, this affordable unit has 2 lath length options and the lightweight aluminium construction is durable while making lifting and lowering of the line convenient.
The Foxydry Mini is a washing line for sale that is also 100% designed and made in Italy while the Six Lath Supreme Ceiling is made in United Kingdom, both models are very well built and the latter has positive reviews on our website.
The footprint of rotary hoists are big in general for a good reason, don’t get us wrong, they are big (requiring at least 6 meters of clearance all around) but they do not occupy space as much as other units in our selection with similar capacity.
Most washing lines for sale in this form factor have over 49 meters of drying line space in a rather condensed/compact format and that is quite impressive.
Since the top assembly rotates, loading of clothes is easy, you can stay in the same spot, no need to lift a heavy basket of damp laundry from one end of your drying line to the other, the lines do the moving for you! Plus with a bit of help from the wind, the hoist turns without the use of electricity so clothes dry efficiently.
We want to highlight the fact that the whole device can be detached from its ground socket/concrete base, its upper section is retractable for easy storage so you can regain the backyard space for weekend barbecues with families and friends.
A retractable rotary washing line for sale is the Foldaway 51 by Austral, the Foldaway 51 has an astonishing 51 meters of polycord line that can accommodate a week’s worth of laundry for five people with room to spare.
Its galvanised steel construction is designed to withstand our harsh Australian climate and can match any environment with three available shades, the adjustable height and included ground socket facilitates ease of use, deployment, and removal.
The Hills Everyday Rotary 47 is worthy of your attention if either of the two we have mentioned above are too big or too small for you, it has a spacious 47 meter drying line and is economically priced too, Hills has always been well recognised in the Australian market for its reliable clotheslines so the Everyday Rotary 47 is backed by a 10 year warranty.
All of these washing lines for sale are pre-strung and the lines are pre-tensioned so they are basically ready for installation once the ground socket is put in place, all three rotary hoist airers are of high quality, the Austral are completely designed and built in Australia for your peace of mind.
Apart from the occasional retightening of lines (as with most airers), folding rotary hoists are generally maintenance free but we advise keeping the moving parts properly lubricated and some of the bolts tightened to protect them from water and keep them from rusting, this also prevents creaking when the top assembly is being retracted.
Traditional Rotary Hoist
Basically the grandfather of all rotary hoist clotheslines, this clothesline for sale sacrifices the portability and other convenient features of a folding/retractable model but virtually guarantees a very long service life due to less moving parts and a more sturdy construction compared to modern iterations
This format of washing line for sale is basically a permanent fixture outdoors and most models span quite an extent so in most cases, it is recommended for spacious backyards.
If that is not an issue or if durability is high up in your , you’ll be rewarded with an investment that will last a very long time and require very little upkeep.
The Hills Hoist Heritage 7 is definitely worthy of your attention, it boasts 49 meters of huge total hanging capacity and the lines are made of galvanised steel, just like the rest of this beast.
This thing can accommodate king sized sheets and the heavy duty crank case is fashioned from cast aluminium.
Our most wallet-friendly clothesline for sale that’s included this format is the Austral Deluxe 4 which can take care of a big group’s drying needs thanks to its 40 meters of drying line capacity, the frame is mostly made of galvanised steel which is pretty much the norm in this price range.
Despite the relatively affordable price tag you’re not sacrificing that much space or durability, it is designed and built locally too, just like all of Austral’s products.
Another clotheslines for sale that is often pitted against Hills’ offering is the Austral Super 5. Out of all our models for this category of clotheslines for sale, the Super 5 holds the candle for having the best value in our honest opinion.
The Super 5 sports an immense 50 meters of line space, boasts cast aluminium gear case, strong galvanised steel tubing, and galvanised drying lines all while being more affordable than Hills’ offerings.
The Super 5 has over 70 five-star ratings on our store, the same goes for several other online shops that offer this very same model which strongly dictates that people who actually have first hand experience with this airer are happy and very satisfied with their investment.
An important thing to keep in mind with either type of rotary hoists that we have mentioned is installations are not as easy as wall mounted clotheslines, if you wish to do this yourself we came up with a post that should help you do this yourself should you consider purchasing this kind of airer
Portable clotheslines are probably the most prominent kind of airer found allover the world, they’re inexpensive, does not need maintenance, easily transported, and can be purchased just about everywhere.
If you don’t want to opt for permanent airers, the advantages of a portable clothesline is apparent, it can even come in handy as a secondary clothesline for those gloomy days when using your dedicated outdoor clothesline is simply not possible.
For starters, one of the portable washing lines for sale on our website is the EcoDry Portable, this space-saving foldable clothesline makes it easy to be tucked away when not in use, this unit is designed and made in Australia, it’s UV and rust resistant and the line tensioning system eliminates the line sagging therefore clothes will never droop into the middle, ensuring sufficient space between each item.
Its 16 meters of drying line is enough for one to two persons but if you need more, an additional unit can be purchased, thanks to its slim design, finding a location for a pair of your own EcoDry Portable shouldn’t be an issue!
If you think that portable units won’t be able to handle a family of five’s clothing, think again, our sole high capacity portable washing line for sale is the Sunchaser Mobile Clothesline.
This model makes short work of queen size sheets and loads that are enough for five to six people, the 2.4m long model has 20 drying lines with 10 each side, that equals to 48 meters in a portable package!
Sporting a solidly constructed frame, PVC coated galvanised steel cables, and heavy-duty, industrial type castor wheels, the Sunchaser Mobile clothesline is designed to last, as a matter of fact, this is one of the sturdiest Australian made portable clotheslines in our lineup.
For those who would rather dedicate their balcony for drying clothes without using up the already compact floor area, you can opt for the Hills Tower airer, this light but sturdy airer can be used on your balcony.
The Hills 3 Tier or 2 Tier airers are one of our popular clotheslines for sale that has a line drying capacity of 11 to 15 meters, it sports a steel construction, and the plastic & steel lines should last you a long time.
The only disadvantage we see with portable units is that you have to stow them away each time you are done drying your laundry.
Models that have high capacity still use quite a bit of space when being stored, then again, should you consider going for this kind of clothesline you already know that the this will be a part of the equation and it’s certainly better than having something permanent erected outside your house.
When versatility alongside capacity comes to mind, nothing trounces a folding clothesline, this format of washing line for sale can be permanently installed in two ways: on a wall or secured to the ground using ground mounting kits, the latter can be purchased separately.
Given the two solutions, finding the perfect location is convenient and you get twice the chance of successful install.
The only downside when it comes to standard folding or fold-down units is they span over a very long area when deployed, compared to rotary hoists, the latter consumes a relatively small footprint with the same capacity but the argument ends there thanks to the limitless possibilities in terms of installation.
When it comes to capacity, there are lots to choose from, we have fold-down washing lines for sale that start at around half a meter for the width and extends out to one and a half meters.
Our washing lines for sale that’s in this form factor such as the Eco clotheslines are available in a range of sizes and width's.
The Eco units sport six lines to 14 drying lines for those of you who might need ‘a bit more’ so literally speaking, that’s around forty-five meters of total drying space for the Eco 333 monster clothesline alone!
The largest model in our selection washing lines for sale is the Eco 333, featuring a maximum length of three meters and 1.2 meters of depth from the wall, it boasts up to a whopping 53 meters of drying line if purchased together with the optional lowline attachment.
53 meters of drying lines for a wall mounted unit is nothing to scoff at, as a matter of fact, that is adequate for multiple wash loads at once which will make your laundry errands significantly less daunting.
From single dwellers up to extended families, fold-downs are definitely worthy of your attention even if you have a big or small home.
If you want the absolute best foldaway clothes for sale, you will want to take a look at the Evolution series, the Evolution 316 is the king of foldaway wall mounted clotheslines for sale that will last basically forever—and even that is an understatement.
The Evolution 316 clothesline can be custom made to the preselected dimensions you desire, it’s completely made from industrial strength, 316 marine grade stainless steel which boasts a stylish design and is designed to withstand very harsh conditions and salty locations so rust is not even a worry anymore.
This airer features a robust and patented mechanical hinge system with a failsafe mechanism and is available in 4 or 6 line models that can be set at any length that is under 5 meters, the cable is is composed of 316 marine grade stainless steel as well.
A significant advantage of a fold-down clothesline is the frame can just be folded down, allowing you to use the space for other tasks, a space that will otherwise be wasted when your airer is not in use. This form factor is best situated in narrow areas like side walkways, garages or even patios.
Watch out for fold-down clotheslines that have plastic joints or plastic parts that are load-bearing, these components become brittle over time despite being fibreglass reinforced (at least for well-known brands), it is best to purchase an airer that is fully constructed with steel or aluminium as much as possible.
Retractable Drying Lines
Retractable washing lines are mighty little work horses are often overlooked, buyers are sometimes attracted towards the bells and whistles that come with other types of clotheslines for sale online thatthey turn a blind eye on retractable models, these are very reliable, easy to use, and easily installed in just about every way possible.
The cabinet of retractable clotheslines for sale on our website can be mounted on one wall while the receiving end is bolted to another wall, the set can also be installed wall to post, post to wall, or post to post which will certainly make retro-fitters happy.
The best thing about retractable clotheslines is that the cord can be locked at any length (for most models, at least), by setting the cord at the preferred tightness, line sagging is virtually eliminated and there’s no need to keep retightening lines periodically unlike fold-downs or rotary hoists.
Other washing lines for sale require a special mechanism in order to facilitate line tensioning, that normally adds to the cost of the airer so thanks to the simple mechanism of a retractable drying line, the overall price tag can be kept low without sacrificing the quality of the overall device.
It has a long life powder coated steel case in classy monument and can bear loads of up to 30 kilograms so no sacrifices in terms of drying ability.
For households that will easily wreak havoc on both of the small models above, one clothesline for sale on our site the very popular Austral Retractaway 50.
The Retractaway 50 is a heavy-duty, steel-clad washing line for sale that can be stretched out to ten meters, with five drying lines and adequate spacing in between.
This model has 50 meters of total drying capacity that invades the territory of fold-down and rotary models.
Due to the design of this airer, most of the weight/torque is handled by the chassis and receiving bracket so the overall stability of your clothesline will be determined by the surfaces you mounted them on.
The pulling forces are transferred directly to them. It’s a good idea to use a strong fastener for this type of outdoor clothes dryer and should be anchored on very solid surface for the cabinet and receiving bracket.
Not only are these things easy to set up, retractable drying lines are also the most discreet kind of washing lines for sale thanks to their very small footprint and understated designs which makes them a very easy choice for those who want a backyard that isn’t adulterated by drying lines.
One last thing to take into account is most retractable washing lines for sale are compatible with old brackets so retrofitting can be done in a pinch, it is the ultimate choice if you don’t want to shell out some more cash for installation or equipment/tools to get it done yourself.
So what’s next?
Once you have chosen your preferred drying lines, like we always say, ensure that your new investment is located far away from trees, kitchen exhaust vents, and parts of your yard where ants or other bugs thrive because you wouldn’t want your newly-laundered items to smell like fried food and be littered with ants, right?
Also avoid mounting your retractable clothesline directly on trees, apart from damaging the poor thing, tree sap or resin will find their way onto your drying lines and can cause stain transfers to your clothes that will certainly be hard to remove. If you don’t those tiny white surprises from birds, it is also best to keep your airers far from fruit bearing trees.
Have your airers installed in a location where it will be hit by the sun on full blast at around 12 noon until 5 in the afternoon since sunlight hits the hardest/the most intense during that timeframe. Be weary of zones where the sunlight will be blocked of by a nearby structure.
We understand that clotheslines are long term investments and you want to make the most out of it so prior to pulling the trigger, please check out our knowledge base for the quickest way to find out answers to commonly asked questions, browse our selections and get to know them one by one—better yet, get in touch with us at 1300 798 779.
Not every answer to questions is found online, we have tons of washing lines for sale and it is only natural that you have tons of questions, we are definitely happy to answer as much as we can to make your clothesline haunting a lot easier.
Australian Clotheslines for Sale - The Ultimate Guide